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Rails to Trails Resolution

In Board of Trustees, Planning, Zoning, Historic Preservation, Code Enforcement, Public Safety on November 28, 2009 at 12:58 pm

The rails have been salvaged by the railroad and there is renewed interest in rail right-of-way through Springville.  Currently the right-of-way is still owned by the railroad, but  NYS is considering landbanking the 27 mile right of way.  Below is the resolution passed by The Village of Springville Board of Trustees earlier this year.  After lengthy discussion and research, Springville Trustees believe that the best course of action is to convert this abandoned transportation right of way to a recreational green space to enhance the quality of life and increase commerce in Springville.  We look forward to participating in the planning process to ensure the transformation benfits  the residents of Springville.

Village of Springville, NY

Resolution in Support of the Conversion of the Buffalo-Pittsburg Railway

to a Pedestrian Trail

 

WHEREAS, a goal of the Village of Springville is to support existing businesses and encourage positive economic revitalization and expansion, and

WHEREAS, a goal of the Village of Springville is to encourage beneficial employment opportunities and residential growth, and

WHEREAS, a goal of the Village of Springville is to provide healthy activities for youth and positive recreational opportunities for all age groups, and

WHEREAS, a goal of the Village of Springville is to encourage and support cultural opportunities and civic involvement, and

WHEREAS, a goal of the Village of Springville is to preserve and enhance its historic characteristics, and

WHEREAS, a goal of the Village of Springville is to expand opportunities for visitors through tourism, and

WHEREAS, a goal of the Village of Springville is promote its quality education and health care opportunities to its residents and businesses, and

WHEREAS, a goal of the Village of Springville is to link community assets to regional skiing, fishing, and other recreational opportunities in Erie and Cattaraugus counties, and

WHEREAS, the West End Business District is an Historic Preservation District through which the Buffalo-Pittsburg Railway right-of-way passes, and

WHEREAS, the conversion of the Buffalo-Pittsburg Railway right-of-way to a pedestrian trail in Springville will promote the growth of regional tourism by making Springville a tourist destination point as a trailhead along the pedestrian trail, and

WHEREAS, the conversion of the Buffalo-Pittsburg Railway right-of-way to a pedestrian trail in Springville will connect Village tourists to other points of recreation including parks, schools, and historic places within and outside the Village limits, and

WHEREAS, the conversion of the Buffalo-Pittsburg Railway right-of-way to a pedestrian trail in Springville will transform an abandoned industrial transportation corridor to a landscaped, patrolled recreational green space within the Village, and

WHEREAS, the Village of Springville Erie-Cattaraugus Rails to Trails Investigating Committee, after examination of documents supporting and opposing the conversion of the Buffalo-Pittsburg Railway right-of-way to a pedestrian trail in Springville, concluded that the economic benefits of the conversion within the Village surpass the financial burden to the Village, and

WHEREAS, the large number of road crossings and the available access through commercial and residential properties within the Village of Springville allow for easy access to the right-of-way and mitigate public safety risk along the proposed trail, and

WHEREAS, New York State Department of Parks and Recreation is considering a proposal to land bank and take title to the 27 mile Buffalo-Pittsburg Railway right of way from Orchard Park to West Valley, and

WHEREAS, Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail Inc. with New York State will provide the planning and financing to construct the trail within the Village of Springville and include a review process with the Village of Springville Board of Trustees, the Village of Springville Planning Board, and the Village of Springville Historic Preservation Commission, and

WHEREAS, Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail Inc. will communicate with owners of properties within the Village of Springville contiguous to the Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railway right-of-way and mitigate privacy, safety, and nuisance problems, and

WHEREAS, Erie-Cattaraugus Rail Trail Inc. will provide for maintenance and patrol during the operation of the trail within the Village of Springville, and

WHEREAS, Erie County and New York State will cooperatively establish and maintain safe county road and state highway cross walks on the trail within the Village of Springville, and

WHEREAS, recreational motor vehicles and snowmobiles may be prohibited from operation or otherwise restricted on the trail within the Village of Springville as approved by the Village of Springville Board of Trustees, and

NOW BE IT RESOLVED:  The Village of Springville Board of Trustees supports the Village’s participation in the conversion of the Buffalo-Pittsburg Railway to a pedestrian trail.

Adopted this _________day of ___________ 2009 by:

The Village of Springville Board of Trustees.

___________________________________              ____________

William J.  Krebs, Mayor                                              Date

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NY Reorganization and Citizen Enpowerment Act

In Board of Trustees, Planning, Zoning, Historic Preservation, Code Enforcement on November 28, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Village of Springville Statement Regarding

N.Y. Government Reorganization and Citizen Enpowerment Act,

signed by Gov Paterson on June 24, 2009

and effective March 21, 2010.

The act repeals Village Law 19 which outlines the procedures whereby a Village may be dissolved and replaces it with a new process and new criteria for referendum.  This NY State Law had wide support in Albany as reform measure to encourage reduction in government services and increase fiscal accountability.

We are informing the Town of this tonight because the popular belief that abolishing a Village will save taxpayer money is not universally applicable.  The Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment act seems to imply that abolishing Village government will put money in the taxpayers  pocket.  The act empowers Village residents, as Village Law 19 did, the right to initiate Village dissolution.  It does not empower a town to refuse to accept the village area or residents into the town, since Village residents are residents of a Town and pay town taxes.

To become better knowledgeable about how this new law might affect Springville, the Village is the process of listing the services and the cost of the services  provided to the residents of Springville.

An initial consideration of the issue of taxpayer savings resulting from the dissolution of the Village of Springville and consolidation with the Town of Concord shows little promise of true savings.

In short, the Village has an $8,000,000 budget.  This includes a $2.5 million general fund supported by taxes and revenue sharing and fees, and about $5.5 million in service supported by fees alone.

The total Town of Concord budget with all its special districts is about $3.5 million.  If Springville were to be abolished, the Town budget would have to triple in order to continue the level of service, and most of this increase would be by adding special districts to the Town such as sewer, water, fire etc.  The biggest hurdle is our municipal electric franchise we operate, which we have been informed is nontransferable.

We have cooperated with the Town and County in many money saving regional initiatives involving shared services and intermunicipal contracts.  We will continue to investigate ways to deliver services efficiently to the residents of Springville.

Mayor’s Veterans Day Speech

In Board of Trustees, Special Events on November 15, 2009 at 8:15 pm

On behalf of all the residents of the Village of Springville, I wish to thank all the Veterans here today, all the local Veterans who could not attend today, and all our local sons and daughters presently serving in the military.  I extend our sincerest gratitude and thanks for your sacrifices and selflessness as you make our country a better place.

We are all reminded every day on the evening news of the extent of your service to us all.  The recent shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, the horrific killing of US Army Personnel at their home base in Texas by a deranged man, is perhaps the most shocking example of how you put your lives on the line when you serve your country, when you serve us.

General Patton said, Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of the men who follow and of the man who leads that gains that victory.”

General Patton earned the moniker Bood and Guts in World War II.  As a warrior he was feared, as a political figure he was controversial.  But I think he might have truly understood that the spirit of courage and leadership is inherent in the service of Veterans.

You are examples of how courage and leadership leads to service.

Our country has a proud history of military service.  Thirty years before Christopher Stone would settle our village, more battles in the Revolutionary War were fought in New York than in any Colony.

When the deep divide over slavery challenged our country and its constitution in 1860, the Civil War secured our Union, and this time with the ultimate sacrifice of more than 30  young men from Springville and Concord.

The monuments we have built around us here in Shuttleworth Park, remind of us of Springville and Concord soldiers who fought and died in the World Wars, the Cold Wars and War against Terrorism in the 20th Century, and who are fighting today.  But on this day, your presence here at this ceremony is a more vivid reminder.  Your lives, your courage, your leadership, your service to our national security,as well as the sacrifice of your fallen comrades,  is what we honor today.

And we owe another debt of gratitude to you.  You continue to serve your community as members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.  The recent annual Halloween parade is just one example.  You sponsor boy scout troops, you organize this ceremony and the Memorial Day parade to build civic character in our community.  You help the needy in our community.  And most recently, it was your vision and tenacity, which brought the Veteran’s Administration Health Clinic to Springville.  Bringing that level of medical service to our community was no small feat, and our Village and Town will benefit by this particular initiative for years.

So Thank You Veterans for your spirit of courage, leadership, and service that you have shown in your lives.  You make our Village the fine community it is